Plant Breeding Minor
Minimum 15 credits in Plant Breeding (PLBRG) and related coursework.
The Minor Program of Study in Plant Breeding provides a basic understanding of crop improvement, a historical perspective of the discipline, and a sense of how plant breeding contributes to modern society’s demands for food, fiber, fuel, and environmental sustainability. A minor in plant breeding can complement most any major in the life sciences.
Advisor: Mark Sorrells
413 Bradfield Hall
mes12 [at] cornell.edu
- PLBRG 2010 - Plants, Genes, and Global Food Production (Spring, 3 credits)
- PLBRG 2250 - Plant Genetics (Spring, 4 credits)
- PLBRG 4030 - Genetic Improvement of Crop Plants (Fall, 3 credits)
At least five credits from the list below:
- PLBIO 3430 - Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering of Plants (Spring, 2 credits)
- PLBIO 4540 - Plant Cell Biology (Fall, 4 credits)
- PLBIO 4620 - Plant Biochemistry (Spring, 3 credits)
- PLBRG 4070 - Nutritional Quality Improvement of Food Crops (Fall, 2 credits)
- PLBRG 4080 - Methods of Plant Breeding Laboratory (Fall, 2 credits)
- PLPPM 3010 - Biology and Management of Plant Diseases (Fall, 4 credits)
Students will be able to:
- Describe the cellular and organismal processes of plants and relate those processes to evolution, diversity and ecology.
- Convey to professional and lay audiences, orally and in writing, information about the breadth of issues in plant sciences.
- Work with plants in field and laboratory and follow and use experimental protocols.
- Express scientific questions as testable hypotheses based on a synthesis of current understanding and resources.
- Debate the biological and ethical consequences of future advances in plant science - especially in the areas of genetic engineering, biofuels, and climate change.
- Describe the impact that plant sciences have on self, community, and global health and well-being.
To learn more about these courses, visit the Courses of Study website.